Published on April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 29

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Owensboro Health’s mission is to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities we serve. Now, we’ve been given the opportunity to offer guidance and resources to our community so we can defeat coronavirus together. We have a goal to educate the community to protect themselves against infection and help guide businesses as they screen employees and reopen their doors. I challenge you to be a walking example of the guidance we provide by living what we teach. Practice good hand hygiene. Keep physical distancing. Wear a mask not only at work but also when you’re in public. Now more than ever we have the chance to improve the health of our communities, and we can only do that as a team.

Reopening Guidance for Health System

With team members returning and Owensboro Health slowly reopening service lines, we must have clear guidelines in place to keep our team, patients and community safe. A detailed outline of these guidelines is available here. General points include physical distancing requirements and team members screening, oversight on procedures and scheduling from the steering committee, COVID-19 testing patients prior to elective procedures, and sterilization of contact surfaces between patients.

Services will reopen in a phased process that will require meeting certain benchmarks before moving forward; the Health System must have 14-days supply of PPE on hand to support hospital and clinic operations and the hospitals’ ability to maintain at least 30% bed capacity in both the ICU and total beds to support a rapid increase of COVID-19 patients. More information can be found here.

Updated Screening Process

Team members and visitors entering Owensboro Health facilities will now be screened with a temperature check and additional questions, based on new COVID-19 symptoms published by the CDC.

social distance posterNEW! Community Resources

As the healthcare leader in our community, we want to help area businesses safely navigate reopening their doors. We’ve created a resource center on our website with posters you can print in your workplace to help you encourage physical distancing and wearing masks inside your business. Also included are guidelines for screening employees as they enter work. Download the signs here.

COMING THURSDAY: Facebook Live Thursday at 7 p.m.

Owensboro Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis DuFrayne will participate in a Facebook Live discussion about COVID-19 in the community Thursday at 6 p.m. To watch, visit the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page.

Show of Support

drawing from child

Kensley Beeler, daughter of OHRH COVID Unit Supervisor Megan Beeler, made this drawing for the team members and patients of Owensboro Health. Megan said her daughter has been very concerned for all healthcare workers and patients, and she wanted her to share this with #TeamOH.

COMING FRIDAY: OPS Last Day of School Parade

Owensboro Public Schools is holding a last day of school parade on Friday, and will end their day doing a lap around Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as a way to honor our healthcare workers. Approximately 20 buses and several cars will drive through campus around 3 p.m. Please be aware of this as you arrive or leave work around that time, and be sure to show your support if you see them!

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About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.

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